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Conservative MP Andrea Leadsom has said that business with three employees or fewer should be exempt from all regulation, including the minimum wage and maternity and paternity rights.

Ian Murray MP, Labour's Shadow Business Minister, said in response:

“Not content with proposals to give bosses the power to fire at will, we now have yet another Tory MP calling for the abolition of the minimum wage for the UK’s hard pressed workers. By supporting a return to the bad old days of unfair pay and the scrapping of vital employment rights like maternity and paternity leave the Tories show just how out of touch they are.”

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